MTSU student charged with killing roommate appears in court - WKRN News 2

MTSU student charged with killing roommate appears in court

Posted: Updated: March 24, 2011 06:32 PM CDT
Shanterrica Madden is charged with stabbing her roommate, MTSU basketball player Tina Stewart to death earlier this month. Shanterrica Madden is charged with stabbing her roommate, MTSU basketball player Tina Stewart to death earlier this month.
Tina Stewart was found stabbed to death in her off-campus apartment earlier this month. Tina Stewart was found stabbed to death in her off-campus apartment earlier this month.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – A Middle Tennessee State University student charged with murder appeared in court on Thursday.

Shanterrica Madden is charged with stabbing her roommate, MTSU basketball player Tina Stewart to death earlier this month.

The two detectives that found the steak knives wrapped in a blanket in a dumpster used in the stabbing also took the stand. Madden told authorities that she did not recall putting the knives in the dumpster.

Nashville's News 2 learned that immediately following the incident Madden told authorities that she and her roommate had gotten into a physical argument after Stewart called a courtesy officer complaining that she was smoking marijuana in their Murfreesboro apartment.

Madden also told police that an unknown man entered their off campus apartment, and he must have killed her.

Authorities said the college student repeatedly said, "I did not kill her" before admitting to the stabbing death.

According to police, Madden did not call 911 or police for help.

"I believe that she put fore thought into killing Ms. Stewart," Detective Mike Taylor said.

Stewart's family said they are hopeful the truth will come out regarding the incident.

"As a family we just want to see justice served and we want the truth to come out. The facts are the facts, and you can not change the facts, you can not change the truth. When you lie, you have to lie on top of lies to keep up with the lies and change your story," family member Monika Jones said.

She continued, "The facts will come out in the case and we have faith in the DA and the detectives and everything. We just want justice to be served."

The slain basketball player's family and friends cried and shook their heads during Thursday's testimony.

Madden's lawyer, Joe Brandon Jr. has claimed his client acted in self-defense.

She is scheduled to appear before a grand jury on May 16 at 9 a.m.

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